Most overused phrase in rock journalism is, a return to form. Well this is not quite a return to form, but it is a pretty decent album. If The Stones were to really produce a return to form album it would have to be at least as good as Some Girls. This is a good album though and is easily the best thing they have done for 20 years (imagine not making a decent album for 20 years and still having a career) Back of my Hand is the real return to form and it is nice to hear them doing this stripped back acoustic blues again.
I think you can trace the highs and lows of the Stones career through the stimulants they used. Satanic Majesties is LSD, the 70s albums, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street it’s cocaine and the 80s albums it’s Perrier and Lattes. After listening to this album maybe they have gone back on the gear.
Hidden gem: It Won’t Take Long
Micro review: Not exactly Let it Bleed, but not too shabby either